John's Journal... Entry 243, Day 2
MARK DAVIS - BASS FISHING'S TOUGHEST QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Throw It All Out The Window
Editor's Note: The most-difficult question for a bass fisherman to answer is, "How do you know when to change lures, when to change water and when to change fishing techniques?" Often the difference in catching bass and not catching bass is your ability to know when to change. Making the right decisions at the correct times will spell victory or defeat for a tournament bass fisherman or a weekend angler. On Table Rock Lake in Missouri, during the second week of March, Mark Davis' ability to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em was the reason he won $100,000 in the BASS tournament there. If you'll read each day's upload this week, you'll see how Davis made those critical decisions at the right time each day to catch more bass than the best 150 fishermen in the nation. This week's information may be some of the most important you'll learn about catching bass. So, don't miss a day this week.
Question: Mark, what happened when you went to bed the
night before the first day of the tournament?
I also realized that now I had to disregard everything I'd learned in practice. Now the bass would change to adapt to the changing water conditions. I also knew that all the creeks would be running with plenty of muddy water and that the water coming into the lake would be warmer than the water already present in the lake. I checked the water temperature in the main lake, and the water in the lake was 43 degrees. When I went to the first creek, I found that the water coming into the lake was 50 degrees, which was a 7-degree change in water temperature from the water coming into the lake to the water present in the lake. Because we were fishing during the pre-spawn, I knew the bass would be hunting that warmer water. Too, I realized that the stained water coming into the lake would be where all the baitfish were.
So before the take-off at the tournament, I told myself, "Throw out everything you've learned in practice. Start all over again, and look for bass in new water." That's what I think is one of the big secrets of successful bass fishing. Just about every day you go on the water, especially during the spring, when and if water conditions and the weather conditions change, you have to be willing to give up a productive pattern you only may have learned yesterday, and establish a new pattern to match the conditions you have today.
How did you change, Mark?
Question: Mark, is this one of the problems that most
fishermen face, not being willing to give up a productive pattern like
you had when you were fishing the bluffs with crankbait and changing to
a completely different pattern by spinner baiting in muddy water in the
backs of creeks when the conditions changed?
What made you know that the bigger bass were going to be in that fresh
Question: On what were the bass in those creeks holding?
Question: What kind of retrieve did you use on your spinner
Question: At the end of the day, Mark, what position
were you in?
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TOMORROW: THROW IT ALL OUT THE WINDOW AGAIN
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Day 1 - Establishing the